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Cutting Off Your Nose to Spite Your Face

Isaac Asimov

Honest, rational, intelligent Americans must stand-up to the new nit-wit movement of some fringe members of the Republican Party to defund ObamaCare, at whatever cost, including shutting down the United States government.

Most people who oppose ObamaCare refuse to understand it, and politicians shamelessly promote and take advantage of that ignorance.

Let’s try to be honest.  ObamaCare is an historic first step at fixing an out of control and hopelessly broken healthcare system.  The Deloitte 2013 survey of  U.S. physicians  found that most physicians  “believe that the performance of the U.S. health care system is suboptimal, but the Affordable Care Act [i.e., ObamaCare] is a good start to addressing issues of access and cost.” ObamaCare is already making positive changes in healthcare, and millions of middle-class Americans are currently being helped by ObamaCare.  No more pre-exiting conditions and arbitrary lifetime caps.  By requiring healthcare insurance to contain minimum benefits that are needed by most Americans, we can purchase a policy and know what is covered and what is not and not fear denials later when we need to use our coverage.  There are many examples of how ObamaCare is helping patients and providers.

ObamaCare’s goal is improved access to affordable healthcare — for the life of me, I cannot understand why that causes such irrational responses?  Of course, ObamaCare is flawed and costly, requires too much regulation, and is full of special interest tinkerings (like all legislation these days unfortunately), and it can be (and deserves to be) much improved.   To defund it or repeal it and start from scratch will leave us with the same uninsured population, spiraling out of control costs, and no hope for improvement.

Shame on Marco Rubio, Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, and all the other members of the Congressional flatworld caucus.  Improving healthcare in America, including making the necessary changes to ObamaCare, is a job for smart, dedicated people, not petty, stupid ones.  This is a time for more conversation and less baying at the moon.

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